CHRISTCHURCH v MUDEFORD SWANS
Finally it arrived, the first fixture of a much anticipated season away to Mudeford Swans.
With all of last season’s players registered again and two new players added to the squad, everyone was excited to put their summer training efforts and World Cup tricks into practice!
The characteristic Christchurch slow start from last season was I’m pleased to say replaced by all of the players setting off at a high tempo.
Continuing the progress from last season coupled with the hard work and enthusiasm from the training ground, the players kicked-off with some really good passing football resulting in a controlled first-half performance from Christchurch. The second half was a much closer affair as Mudeford grew in confidence and contributed to a really fantastic game, especially notable as this is their first season.
Playing a new formation and with new players added to the squad, the Christchurch boys performed admirably and set the bar high for the season to come. Moving up an age level and playing an extra 10 minutes per game did not seem to faze the boys, so more positives for season.
So a great start to the season for Christchurch, confidence to play, great attitude from the boys and again following on from last season, a tremendous turnout and enthusiastic support from all of the parents. Everyone is already talking about the next fixture.
Squad: Heath, Josh, Liam, Harry, Louie H, Aaron, Cameron, Louie L, Martin, Thomas, Oliver
Christchurch Under 9’s made its bow in the New Forest League today, under the pleasant autumnal summer and on the FA compliant Two Rivers Meet Pitch No.2.
The boys first fixture came around after a summer of hard work and committed training. The eagerness to get the season underway was evident in that the entire squad was there 15 minutes before kick off.
With a referee who would have been playing in this fixture three years ago starting us off, the boys played immediately with a quick tempo, setting up numerous opportunities in the first half. With every attack having the boys cutting through the opposition, a positive outcome was not long in coming.
Supplemented by the half time oranges, the players resumed their attacking ways but failed to convert on the opportunities presented. The opposition came out much stronger in the second half and we had to remain positive and committed to the end.
A fine team effort where all squad members contributed to an excellent first match, supplemented by the enthusiastic support of the parents group and fellow club members.
Squad: Angus, Dorian, Flynn, Harrison, James, Joseph, Leon, Ryan, Stephen